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Spiritual RadicalAbraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972$
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Edward K. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115406.001.0001

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First Years in New York (1945–1949)

First Years in New York (1945–1949)

(p.70) 5 First Years in New York (1945–1949)
Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the time when Heschel joined the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary. By the end of June 1945, he had submitted his chapter, “The Mystical Element in Judaism,” for JTS president Finkelstein's edited volume The Jews: Their History, Culture, and Religion, explaining, “I had to confine myself to the Zohar in order to give the reader a somewhat comprehensive idea of one phase of Jewish mysticism.” In the following month, Heschel participated in the JTS alumni summer session, a symposium on the theme “My Faith as a Jew.” From that time forward, nuclear annihilation and the Holocaust became indelibly associated in Heschel's mind.

Keywords:   nuclear annihilation, Jewish Theological Seminary, Judaism, Finkelstein, Zohar, Jewish mysticism, the Holocaust

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